Uckfield West Park Reserve

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Uckfield West Park Reserve: It is special woodland because it contains a wide range of habitats in a relatively small area of 11 hectares (27 acres). These habitats include mixed woodland, grassland (much of which is full of flowers) and a sensitive marsh which supports a variety of orchids including the rare southern marsh orchid.

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Uckfield Lake Wood

Although the woodland in this reserve generally resembles that found in West Park, a significant feature of Lake Wood is an area of hazel coppice adjoining the Uckfield bypass. And the most outstanding feature of the reserve is a large artificial lake. Around the banks of the lake are a number of striking sandstone outcrops similar to those found in the northern part of West Park. In two places these have been carved away to form an underground boathouse and a pedestrian tunnel.


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Western side of Uckfield between the West Park housing estate, the A22 Uckfield bypass and the B2012 Uckfield to Piltdown road.


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West Park Local Nature Reserve is of special value due to the variety of diverse habitats contained within the relatively small area of 11 hectares. These include mixed woodland, grassland (much of which is flower - rich) and a sensitive marsh which supports a number of orchid species including the rare southern marsh orchid. Wooded sandstone outcrops, home to at least 58 species of moss and liverworts, are also present here and were the site of a Mesolithic settlement. There are numerous access points into the reserve which can be wet during the winter months. Sheep sometimes graze here during the Autumn to help prevent the spread of bracken and encourage delicate wild flowers to thrive. A population of dormice, a rare and protected species, has recently been discovered here.

If you would like to know more about any of these sites, please contact the Town Council or visit http://www.uckfieldtc.gov.uk/Open-Spaces.aspx

Please note there is strictly NO CAMPING


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